January 14, 2021
ALERT: Raiders owner Mark Davis purchases Las Vegas Aces
Davis is known as a "longtime champion for women's basketball"
Welcome to The Next: A basketball newsroom brought to you by The IX. 24/7/365 women’s basketball coverage, written, edited and photographed by our young, diverse staff, dedicated to breaking news, analysis, historical deep dives and projections about the game we love.
Subscribe to make sure this vital work, creating a pipeline of young, diverse media professionals to write, edit and photograph the great game, continues and grows. Paid subscriptions include some exclusive content, but the reason for subscriptions is a simple one: making sure our writers and editors creating 24/7/365 women’s basketball coverage get paid to do it.
Raiders owner Mark Davis has announced he is moving forward in the process to purchase the Las Vegas Aces from MGM Resorts.
His statement reads:
“I am excited to announce that I have entered into an agreement to purchase the Las Vegas franchise in the WNBA from MGM Resorts International. I will have more to say once I receive official approval from the WNBA Board of Governors and have had a chance to speak with the players, coaches and administrators of the team.”
A statement from MGM’s President of Entertainment and Sports George Kliavkoff calls Davis a “longtime champion of women’s basketball.”
The Aces entered the WNBA only a few years ago and have been building a successful franchise. Forward A’ja Wilson was named the league’s MVP last season after her team made it to the finals against the Seattle Storm.
WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert commented:
“We are aware that Las Vegas Raiders Owner Mark Davis has entered into an agreement to purchase the Las Vegas Aces from MGM Resorts International. MGM brought the Aces to Las Vegas a few years ago and we are extremely grateful for their leadership in building the franchise into a highly competitive one that competed in the WNBA Finals this past season. Mark Davis has been a huge supporter of the WNBA and women’s basketball, and we look forward to learning about his vision for the team during the upcoming league approval process.”
The Aces will look to put together another strong season under this new ownership.